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BRIGHTON - 15 Nov 2014 - Feeding Better Behaviour, Learning and Mood: The Gut, Brain and Nutrition Connection

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Start Date: 15 November 2014

End Date: 15 November 2014

Duration 3.5 hours

Location Brighton

Venue The Renaissance Suite, Thistle Hotel, Brighton

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Food and Behaviour Research:  Regional Programme


Feeding Better Behaviour, Learning and Mood: The Gut, Brain and Nutrition Connection - Brighton, Thursday 13 November 2014  

Behaviour and learning difficulties are an ever-increasing problem in the UK and other developed countries.  Conditions like ADHD, Dyslexia and Autism Spectrum Disorders have reached record levels, as have anxiety, depression and related disorders, across all ages.  Milder forms of these disorders are also common, leaving families and health professionals struggling to cope.

The surge in conditions relating to mental health, wellbeing and performance is linked to rising rates of many physical health problems that are known to be diet-related: from obesity and diabetes, to allergies and other immune system conditions.  New scientific research is showing how mental and physical disorders often occur together and how the highly complex links between our guts, brains and immune systems are heavily influenced by what we are eating.* 

This seminar presented the latest scientific evidence on how diet influences learning, mood and behaviour, examined the potential for positive clinical and personal outcomes, and introduced practical, cost-effective strategies to prevent, manage and improve these disorders.

PROGRAMME (timings and topics subject to confirmation)

  • Registration from 5.00 p.m.  First presentation 6.00 p.m.
  • Informal networking, and light buffet supper and refreshments (gluten free)
  • Dr Alex Richardson Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Evidence Based Intervention, University of Oxford; Founder Director, FAB Research
    • Nutrition and Behaviour and Learning:  An Overview.
    • Evidence-Based Dietary Interventions for Behaviour and Learning in Clinical and General Populations.
  • David Rex RD, Health and Social Care – Children’s Services, Highland Council
    • How to influence food choices in the context of current family food culture.
    • Nutrition science in practice – how do we decide what’s worth trying?
  • Seminar ends 8.30 p.m.

For more information about this topic please visit our March 2014 conference page here, or access our Audio Video library to view the presentations (available to FAB Associate Members; if you're not a member and would like to join visit our Associate Members page, or contact